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I was pleased to see the Lewis County Historical Museum open a new exhibit on some of the noteworthy women in our community, both past and present. The honorees include people who made national … more
If you’ve read the printed editions of The Chronicle this week, you’ve likely noticed that our newspaper is a bit heavier than many have become accustomed to in the past year. … more
Growing up, my dad worked in the logging industry and it wasn’t uncommon in the winter due to snow, or in the summer due to fire, for him to be laid off.  When that happened, he’d … more
I woke up recently thinking about an event that occurred over 80 years ago.  If I can remember correctly, it was when I was in about the fourth grade at the small parochial school I attended. … more
Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and valleys.  … more
Sex trafficking is a growing problem across Washington.  Our state ranks in the top 15 states with active human trafficking cases, most of which are sex trafficking cases, with 3.49 cases per … more
After last week, I wonder what Lewis County commissioners do to justify the $90,900 annual salary they draw. As our elected officials, I considered commissioners the people to contact when you … more
This week dozens of parents expressed concern for a new “gender-inclusive schools” policy adopted by the Chehalis School Board. The board members, saying they had no choice under state … more
I have always been fascinated by space, the universe and what really exists “out there.”  I watched Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” more than a dozen times. I read books. … more
As a new board year begins for the Twin Cities Rotary Club, it’s with heavy hearts and immense pride that we reflect back on the members lost in the previous year and the legacy they leave … more
I’m sure you’ve deduced from the headline that this column consists of a jumble of items gathered from various sources including my own thought processes. I could have called it a … more
This last legislative session has proven once again that when it comes to solving problems, using an axe when a scalpel would be the correct tool is just business as usual in Olympia. When I went … more
When it comes to being an elected county commissioner, protecting your rights and the interests of Lewis County is always at the forefront of my job. And when you consider that I am the elected … more
Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. Washington State Chief Historian John Hughes. James L. Rubart, a member of the Christy Award Hall of Fame. Melanie Dobson, winner of five Carol … more
House Bill 1310 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in May.  As a side note to my discussion here, I will be the first to say that we still have a problem in our society around the stigma … more
Some advice for politicians of both parties, liberal and conservative commentators and social media posters: Before you make a comparison between something happening today and Nazi Germany, think … more
What a difference a year makes. As Washington emerges from the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges facing many employers is finding enough qualified workers. It’s a dramatic shift … more
As I drove home from work in Olympia on Wednesday, I was a little surprised to see fire crews responding to a wildfire in the brush alongside the freeway in the urban area across the interstate from … more
I imagine many among us are tired of hearing old-timers reminisce about living through the Great Depression of the 1930s. There aren’t many of us left, and we were still children when good … more
As we crowded into hotel elevators the past two weekends, my husband and I both expressed relief and gratitude for the coronavirus vaccinations that have allowed life to return to some semblance of … more
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